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Evil Ernie Vol.3 #1

Dynamite Entertainment

By Steven LeitmanPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
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Evil Ernie Vol.3 #1

Dynamite Entertainment 2021

Written by Scott Lobdell

Illustrated by Ariel Medel

Coloured by Candice Han

Lettered by Dave Sharpe

After EARNEST GLECKMAN is mortally wounded, he discovers he must “pay down his new lease on life” by serving as a part time fixer for a death cult. Each time he manifests his dark side as EVIL ERNIE it becomes harder to maintain his tenuous grip on his inherently good humanity.

Before we get into the review I have to wonder why we need a new Ernie? I happened to really like the original Ernie and he’s got a special place in my comics reading experience. Having said that I like the idea of Earnest Gleckman, who sounds like a nice Jewish boy, and his supposed dual life identity. He’s secretly a heavy metal fan and even likes to sing all the while he presents himself at a typical yuppie college sophomore. While it's not such a big deal anymore it is still kind of endearing that he worries about it. The opening is amazing and it certainly does its job in piquing the readers’ curiosity and makes them want to see more, like how all that came into being. By the time we get to the last page where it’s almost at the opening, hopefully we’ll see the rest of it in the next issue. I have to say I was pretty convinced this was kind of awesome.

I’m a huge fan of the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information are presented exceptionally well. The character development that we see through the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter does a magnificent job in establishing the personalities. The pacing is excellent and as it takes us through the pages introducing the characters and the story and it really draws us in beautifully.

I’m really enjoying the way that we see this being structured and how the layers within the story begin to emerge and grow. I’m also liking the way that these layers open up new avenues to be explored. The music venue, the bikers and Earnest himself all have so much potential and add some great depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward are impeccably handled.

I’m pretty impressed with the interior artwork here as well. The older cops face on the first page is when the quality of artwork I was going to expect to see was shown. Between the remarkable linework and through the varying weights and techniques being utilised to create the detail work that we see and how the colour work works with it is extraordinary. How we see backgrounds utilised to enhance and expand the moments they also work within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope for the story are marvellously rendered. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show an extraordinarily talented eye for storytelling. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows a masterful eye for how colour works.

I’m willing to give anything the proper chance it deserves and thankfully this far exceeds any and all expectations that I have for it. I’m super intrigued to see where this is going to go and how the events we saw unfold play into this. While I’m not sure if Earnest is smart enough to recall all the events it’ll be interesting to see how he handles things in the next issue. With some strong intelligent writing and some great characterisation all wrapped up in these mind blowing interiors there’s a new Ernie in town and he’s got a reputation to live up to.

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Steven Leitman

Just me talking about the comics I enjoy reading, ones that you might not know exist and spotlighting the indie creators that excite me.

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